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Scientists uncover how resistance proteins protect plants from pathogens [Full subscriber]

Scientists previously discovered that when invading pathogens are detected, one such disease-resistance protein, ZAR1, is converted into a highly organized protein complex known as resistosome, giving the first hint as to how plant disease resistance proteins function. However, it is unclear how a resistosome stimulates plant defences. Now researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology and Tsinghua University discovered how the resistance proteins defend plants from pathogens.…

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